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Earth Week 2018–Session Details

For a quick, shareable pdf of our Earth Week events, click earthweekpstr18LR. For details about each of the sessions, see below!

Earth Day 2018 Event Descriptions:

Events are open to the public, unless otherwise noted, no RSVP required*

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Earth Week 2017 Events at Oakton Announced!!

Join us for our annual Earth Week Events at Oakton Community College, April 17-22. Feel free to share this pdf version and post (with permission) wherever you see fit! Thank you for helping us to spread the word on these amazing events to learn, engage with others, and make a difference at Oakton and in your communities!


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NWF Virtual EcoCareer Conference, February 22-23

Happy New Year – make 2017 the year that you land your dream EcoCareer!

NWF’s Virtual EcoCareer Conference 2017 (February 22-23) is designed to help.

Leading professionals from the following organizations and businesses, will share insider knowledge on the latest EcoCareer trends and current employment demand across a variety of green career fields.

We are excited to highlight a few of the many leading professionals included in the lineup of speakers (more to be announced soon!). These panelists will be joined by NWF representatives to discuss how project-based leadership enhances employability and tips for getting hired: Continue reading

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National Wildlife Federation, Fellowships

The National Wildlife Federation is currently accepting applications for four graduate student fellowships this summer/fall.

  • Earn a $2,000 -$3,000 stipend
  • Help grow the NWF EcoLeaders leadership and certification program for emerging environmental leaders
  • Gain valuable career experience and professional development

Learn more and apply!

We are seeking graduate students for the following four fellowships:

~ NWF EcoLeaders Career Center Fellow
~ NWF EcoLeaders Community Management Assessment Fellow
~ NWF EcoLeaders Certification Workshops Fellow
~ NWF EcoLeaders Business Plan Fellow

In 2014, NWF launched a leadership development and certification program for student and young professional environmental leaders called “EcoLeaders” ( Last year, we added a Career Center component to the program to help these leaders map out their sustainability career pathways toward rewarding jobs that also help the planet!

The Fellowship is for a term of 4 months, and the fellow will receive a $2,000 or $3,000 stipend as well as valuable professional development. An additional $2,000 is available for the Business Plan Fellow, please see the RFP for details.

Application deadline: July 10, 2016

More information, including the full RFPs and application instructions can be found at

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Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals–Student Career Seminar

Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals Student Career Seminar

January 30, 2016

Full Details 2016 Student Career Seminar-1

Take charge of your future career in the environmental professions by attending a free student career seminar presented by DePaul University and the Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals. Today’s job market is very challenging, so you need to learn how to separate yourself from the crowd. You’ll have the chance to meet working professionals and hear about how you can prepare for your career. Also learn:
*How to network
*About the benefits of professional organizations
*About internships and their value
*How to build your resume
*How to improve your interviewing skills

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Solar Academy Dates for 2016

This is a great chance to build on skills and make yourself more marketable with training in renewable energy and solar installation!

Solar Training Academy Announced for 2016!

Four locations; Twin Cities, Milwaukee, Normal, IL, Dubuque, IA

63 hours of training from January to May one weekend per month.

Course Description: The MREA’s Solar Training Academy is a series of weekend classes that walks students through the PV design and installation process. The format of the Solar Training Academy will be MREA’s class progression that will include Basic Photovoltaics, PV Site Assessor, Intermediate PV, PV Design Lab and PV Sales and Finance.

Classes will be held one weekend each month beginning in January and concluding in early May. Topics of this training will cover PV equipment selection, utility intertied and battery based systems, batteries, mechanical and electrical integration, PV design,PV residential site assessment, National Electric Code, system commissioning, and solar financials. Participation in the Solar Training Academy will also include opportunities to meet with professionals in the solar industry.

MN, IA, IL focus is on the design process, how to competently design a code compliant system. These classes do have hands-on components, but do not install a system. Milwaukee focus is the installation process. This class will decommission and reinstall a solar electric system on our training roof in Milwaukee.

Training follows the MREA class progression and includes opportunities to meet with professionals in the solar industry; Basic PV 101, PV Site Assessor PV 201, Intermediate PV 205, PV Design and Installation Lab or PV Design Lab PV 301 and PV Sales and Finance PV 203. At the conclusion of training students will qualify to sit for the NABCEP Entry Level Exam, and if the complete work outside of class MREA PV Site Assessor Exam and MREA PV Design and Sales Exam.


  • $2,200 Member
  • $2,250 non-member

Prerequisites: None

Contact Clay Sterling,, 715-592-6595 ext. 110

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2nd Annual “Students for Zero Waste” Conference–Call for presenters and attendee information

2nd Annual “Students for Zero Waste” Conference

Durham, NH
October 9-10, 2015
In 2014, the 1st annual #SZW14 Conference was a resounding success, bringing together over 160 students from 50 campuses across the country!
This year, we are projecting over 350 students to come together for a weekend of discussions and workshops about the global waste crisis, zero waste solutions, and campus skill building case studies of zero waste initiatives.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Max Liboiron; “WASTE: Problem, Solution, Scale and Action”

Assistant Professor at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Max’s research and activism focuses on how harmful, usually invisible, phenomena such as disasters, toxicants, and marine plastics become manifest in science and advocacy, and how this relates to action. Founder of the Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR) and re-designer of New York University’s Green Grants program, Max has experience in campus and community organizing. For more on Max check out her website and the Discard Studies Blog, of which she is managing editor.

More information about the conference including photos and testimonials from last year, a call for workshops, and information on overnight lodging and how to register is available on our website.
Travel Scholarships!
The Post-Landfill Action Network is committed to making this conference accessible to all who wish to attend. Registration is very low cost compared to most national student conferences, and included in the cost is all meals during the duration of the conference, and free overnight housing in local churches. Last year, PLAN offered over $5,000 in travel scholarships to students traveling long distances. If you will be applying for a travel scholarship this year, please get in touch with us as soon as possible. We will open the application for travel scholarships in July.
Deadline Friday June 5th
Workshop presenters get free registration to the conference and will get top priority for travel scholarships.
Check out conference structure and example submissions below. Please feel free to submit proposals that are not on this list!
Rough Conference Outline:
Plenary: The Global Waste Crisis
Seeking 10-15 min presentations on the following topics:
  • Over-consumption
  • Social, economic and environmental injustice
  • Plastic pollution and toxicity
  • Debunking false solutions and greenwashing
Workshops: Skills Building for Zero Waste
Seeking 90 min workshops:
  • Leadership and student turnover
  • Volunteer Recruitment and Management
  • Grant-Writing 101
  • Maintaining Work-Life Balance (How to not get burnt out)
  • Creating Management Hierarchy for Internships or Work-Study positions
  • Storytelling
  • Power-Mapping
Plenary: Solutions for Zero Waste
Seeking 10-15 min presentations for 4 different plenary sessions:
  • Personal: Zero Waste Lifestyle, Community Organizing…
  • Campus: Campus Wide Zero Waste Projects, Industrial Composting, etc….
  • Industrial Recycling: Carpet, Textile, Electronic Waste, & other Hard to Recycle Materials.
  • For-Profit Zero Waste: Extended Producer Responsibility, Business solutions for zero waste, pre-cycling, upcycling, etc..
Workshops: Action & Implementation: Campus Zero Waste Solutions:
Seeking 90 min workshops:
  • Setting up an Industrial Compost Program
  • Improving Recycling and Composting Rates
  • Campus Waste Audits
  • Bin Design for Zero Waste
  • Zero Waste Stadiums
  • Zero Waste Events
  • Zero Waste Tailgating
  • Campus Procurement for Zero Waste
  • Banning Plastic Bags, Styrofoam, or Plastic Bottles
  • Institutionalizing Zero Waste – How to set campus-wide goals
  • Campus Thrift Stores
  • Campus Free Stores
  • Students for Zero Waste Clubs

We want to accommodate you! If your idea does not fit within our structure just fill out as much as you can and we will do what we can to fit you in!

For more information about the conference including: logistics planning, overnight information for students, or other opportunities to present, table, or sponsor the conference, please feel free to contact at any time!